Five star hotels? bollocks. What has gotten into these current Runners? They're going soft. I remember back in the day (that day being the first Rickshaw Run back in 2006) when our height of luxury was having a toilet that didn't have a pig underneath it waiting to gobble your poo.
Still, I suppose the odd night in a swanky pad is acceptable, as long as a habit isn't made of it. I guess the potholes haven't gotten any smaller, and the rickshaws have only gotten ricketyer. Still. I can't quite bring myself to fully accept it.
From the updates from the road though it sounds like India is grabbing their man or lady bits with gusto and tearing them a new adventure hole. Here's some of my personal favourites:
Galeforce Racoons: "back on the road after spending the night on the roof of a church in a small village" - why? is what I shall ask them at the finish line.
Shillong Way Down: "Finally hit Bhubaneshavar after dealing with a hoarde of grieving mothers blocking the road... ...Wasn't our fault, swear" Sounds suspicious to me.
Tuk Me some Eggs 1: "It seems certain Malaria pills result in wet dreams." and also "There's a poo in the corner of my hotel room." - I am so glad I'm not sharing a room with these guys.
Beep Beep I'm a rickshaw: "You got to love indian mechanics" - nope.
Drive, Sleep, Rupeet: "First break down. Starter lever snapped. We didn't realize we are strong enough to break steel!" - you're not, it's a rickshaw - they're shit.
So, that's it for now, the finish line is open from the 17th so I look forward to hearing all these stories and many, many more when they begin limping into Shillong.
I'm off now - I'm beginning to go wrinkley as I've been in this jacuzzi for far too long, and besides, I need to get a fresh bottle of champagne to go with my lobster.
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Title image from Joel of Team Toga